Buying aromatherapy products and especially essential oils demands lot of caution, because there are many products in market with doubtful authenticity or therapeutic action, which might be even harmful. Aromatherapy essential oils vary on purity, ingredients, origin, production method etc. and can be purchased from different type of stores. These two facts are the main reasons that cause difficulties and confusion to inexperienced individuals who want to make first steps in aromatherapy world. This guide includes all necessary information that you should keep in mind before and when you buy aromatherapy products.
What to buy.
Before buying any aromatherapy product you should ask yourself what you really need. Do you want aromatherapy oils in order to make a healing blend or just a candle or a diffuser for your home? Which essential oils can treat the disease you are suffering from? Which essential oils do mix well together? Which vegetable oil should you buy for massage? Do a research, look up an aromatherapy book or consult an aromatherapy practitioner to find out which product will meet your needs.
From where to buy.
You can buy aromatherapy products in many different stores: Herb shops, health food shops, supermarkets, drug stores, cosmetic shops, open-air markets, Internet shops and of course special aromatherapy stores. If you are seeking for therapeutic essential oils, you should avoid buying from supermarkets and cosmetics shops, because they usually sell impure oils, adulterated with other cheaper chemical ingredients. Generally, herb stores and healthy food stores are the best places to buy essential oils, because generally they care about the goods they sell and their customers are cautious and skilled in aromatherapy.
Which Essential Oils bottles are the best.
Buy essential oils that are sold in glass bottles with light-blocking color, such as dark amber or blue, because oils can be damaged by the light. Avoid plastic bottles and rubber dropper tops, because the concentrated essential oils will dissolve the plastic, get contaminated and lose their purity and potency.
What to check in the label.
You should always check the label. Search for “100% Essential Oil” or “Pure Essential Oil” and avoid bottles labelled “Perfume Oil”, “Fragrance Oil”, “Botanical Essence”, “Natural Oil” or even “Aromatherapy Oil”, because this is a sign that the oil might contain unwanted chemical substances and not 100% pure essential oil. Synthetic oils usually are cheaper and are not as therapeutic as the pure ones.
Moreover, another indication of a good quality essential oil, are labels with the latin botanical name of the oil as well as the common name. Following this tip, you will avoid confusion over essential oils with the same common name but different properties. Besides, most reputable essential oils will provide you brochure with information about the country of origin, method of extraction and use instructions.
What about the price.
Essential oils vary on production method, type of plant, part of plant used, country of origin, healing properties and so on and consequently their prices should be different. Therefore if you see line of bottles with the same price, presume that these oils are not pure essential oils. Typical price of common oils, such as Lavender, is 5 to 10 USD per 10 ml. On the other hand, essential oils that come from exotic plants or need lot of plants for a small amount of oil are more expensive and cost few hundreds of dollars per 10 ml.
Other buying tips.
If you want to compare smells of different aromatherapy products remember to take few minute breaks between sniffs, in order to give your nose the time to clear out previous fragrances. When sniffing an essential oil, do not put your nose very close to the bottle, otherwise you may harm your nose or get dizzy. Avoid products that are dusty or look old, because aromatherapy products (especially essential oils and candles) lose healing properties and scent as they age. Finally, do not hesitate to ask for information or advice the seller. You will find answers for your questions and get valuable aromatherapy tips.